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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

Learning Goals

Contraceptive technology is an evolving, dynamic and ever-changing subject. To offer-high quality services and care, policy-makers, administrators and providers of contraception services need to remain abreast of current information and practices. Unfortunately, there exists a significant gap between knowledge gained through research and the application of those findings in everyday practice. The purpose of this module is to help close that gap by providing current information to policy-makers, managers, and health care providers. The module provides a core of information that can be adapted as needed for various readers.

This module provides some basic information that will help policy-makers to:

  • gain familiarity with conclusions from current research regarding
    intrauterine devices
  • review existing guidelines on contraception and initiate revisions/updates
  • establish appropriate family planning policies

The information provided in the module will also help supervisors and clinic managers of contraception services to:

  • extend their knowledge of current research and practices regarding IUDs
  • informally teach and guide other providers of family planning services in the provision of IUDs
  • identify barriers to IUD use that are due to out-of-date medical beliefs and practices
  • examine and improve the quality of contraceptive care for couples choosing IUDs

More specifically, readers who provide direct client services will be able to:

  • describe the key issues surrounding the use of IUDs, as well the specific characteristics of IUDs
  • identify the criteria for advising use and discontinuation of IUDs
  • help clients manage the use of an IUD


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